Beach Nourishment

May 5, 2017 

This article on how a beach profile is adjusted overtime once a beach nourishment project is completed.  Kenneth Willson, one of the paper’s contributing authors, is part of the project’s engineering team overseeing the Town of Kill Devil Hills’ beach nourishment project.

The adjustment process is called “profile equilibration” and typically occurs within 12 months following sand placement, depending on various conditions.  The article states “…profile equilibration…dramatically decreases the width of dry beach from the very wide beach observed immediately after nourishment.  This decrease in beach width (profile equilibration) is often misunderstood by some of the public as the failure of the beach nourishment project because they perceive “all the sand washed away.”  The objective of this paper is to explain the process of profile equilibration in a non-technical way to inform coastal communities and increase public understanding of how beach nourishment works.” 

We hope you find it to be of interest and value. 

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Questions about Beach Nourishment?  We've Got Answers!

With the upcoming beach nourishment project, you may have questions about what is expected to occur, what the nourishment timelines are, and if it may affect you.  Check out the information on this page and the others listed to the left of this column.  We believe you'll find the information helpful.  

Dare County has developed an excellent resource at its "More Beach To Love" site, which provides information on all nourishment projects in Dare County, that will include an interactive map when the project begins.

General information Regarding the Kill Devil Hills Beach Nourishment Project

                        Mary E. Quidley, Town Clerk, 252-449-5302,
                        Harriet Banner, Administrative Assistant, 252-449-5301,
                        Michael O’Dell, Administrative Specialist, 252-449-5306,
                        Rachel Hermann, Office Assistant, 252-449-5300,

Technical Information Regarding the Kill Devil Hills Beach Nourishment Project

                        Meredith Guns, Planning Director, 252-440-5318,

March 16, 2017 Update

Staging area at the East Helga Street Beach Access:
  Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, the company that will be constructing the beach nourishment projects for Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and KDH, will be using the area immediately south of the East Helga Street Beach Access as a construction staging area.  The following information has been provided by our engineer:

The Town of Kill Devil Hills staging area is located on the upland portion of the beach lot located at Helga Street.  The contractor will attempt to minimize the area utilized within the staging area as best as practical as the beach and adjacent areas are used heavily by the public throughout the year. The contractor will cordon off and/or fence the access and staging areas to prohibit public access. Outside of emergency vehicle access, the staging areas and construction accesses do not need to remain open to the public while the areas are in use for the Project. It is anticipated that the contractor would attempt to minimize needless closure of the public access if the contractor is not actively using the access. All access and staging areas shall be restored to the pre-construction condition upon project completion at the cost of the contractor.


Contact the Planning Department

Planning Director: Meredith Guns 
- Meredith is the project coordinator for the Town and can help with update information, as well as technical issues on which you may have questions.  

Planning & Inspections Department
102 Town Hall Drive, off Colington Road
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Contact the Board of Commissioners

The Board of Commissioners encourages the review of all beach nourishment project material, and desires public feedback on the project, the notifications you are receiving, and the informational materials we are providing you through this website.

Email the Board of Commissioners

Email the Town Clerk for distribution to the Board of Commissioners

Written comments or statements, questions, etc., may also be mailed to the Town Clerk for distribution to the Board and appropriate Staff members: 

Town Clerk
P.O. Box 1719
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27949